On feeling superior

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  • Published 20060505
  • ISBN: 9780733316081
  • Extent: 264 pp
  • Paperback (234 x 153mm)

THE CURRENCY IN Australia is comedy. We rely on it, we use it in every situation, we convert everything into it. The only television programs that become part of our long-term cultural identity are comedies – Graeme Kennedy’s In Melbourne TonightThe Mavis Bramston ShowThe Comedy CompanyThe D GenerationKath and Kim. Light dramas like Neighbours do not enter the collective unconscious in the same powerful way as do these comedies.

We are avid for humour, we tell jokes, we are witty, we discuss Rove around the water cooler and we are delighted when we find a funny film that connects strongly with us. We feel that it unites us with acquaintances and relatives.

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John Marsden

John Marsden is the author of many award-winning books for young adults including the seven-volume Tomorrowseries. He has also written extensively about the creative writing...

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